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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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Macfarlanes gets tough with corporate, property lawyers

Macfarlanes is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. Macfarlanes ;is reviewing the performance of its lawyers amid difficult conditions for its core ­corporate and real estate practices. The firm holds performance appraisals every March and September, but managing partner Simon Martin admitted that the crisis […]

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Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires

Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. Bristows names new senior partner, Rowles retires” />Bristows has elected corporate partner John Lace to the post of senior partner. The firm’s current senior partner Michael Rowles will retire at the start of November but will maintain his links with the firm […]

Wharf waiting for…

Good news at last: someone’s hiring. Good news at last: someone’s hiring. There’s an obvious conclusion to be drawn when you read Lord Turner’s interview in the Financial Times today: the FSA is going to stock up on in-house lawyers. It’s also going to have to deal with its historically high attrition rate. FSA staffers […]

New William Grant counsel to push CSR

Whisky company William Grant & Sons has hired Coca-Cola Enterprises legal chief Eva Bishop as its first-ever general counsel, handing her the remit for a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive. Bishop will join the ­company at the start of next year, reporting to CEO Roland van Bommel. Current head of legal Andrew McLean will […]

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